November 22

Colossians 1:17-20

“He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell…” vs. 18-19

The Christ who was in the beginning, who is the image of God imprinted in every human, is seen fully in Jesus of Nazareth. In Jesus we get a snapshot of how to live in a suffering world. He is the model of compassion and servanthood and willingly gave his life for those he loved. In his resurrection, because he is fully human we find hope for victory over death. Jesus invites us to become his disciples and to live as his followers–he is the way, the truth, and the light. As we live, play, and work on the journey we are his presence, his body in our relationships with others. The Christ that was in him is also present in us and as “little Christs” we are his hands and feet–through us his continuing work is done. Sometimes it’s hard to get our heads around the mystery inherent in our sense of the Christ–it’s the kind of truth that we can nibble at, but never consume fully. But how wonderful it is to believe that God’s self (the Christ) has been poured into our universe and that there is no where we can be where God is not present. We may not understand this now, but one day we will know fully, even as we have been fully known.

Thought for the Day: When do I notice the presence of the Christ in myself?

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